Working with young people with learning disabilities

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DIY’s Passing the Baton Programme offers Arts & Leadership sessions for Young Disabled People in Salford.

All DIY Group Activities are currently suspended because of the Coronavirus.

DIY are staying safe and getting creative at home.

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DIY is working in partnership with You Can Youth Club to offer FREE Drama & Leadership sessions. Shows photo of DIY Young Leaders giving thumbs up signs and passing batons.

“DIY bring out the best in you!”

DIY’s Passing the Baton Young Leaders Group!!

  • Are you 16 – 30 years old?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership skills?
  • Do you want to plan your own projects and work with others to make them happen?

Join us on Monday Nights 5.30pm – 7.30pm!!
You can find us at the Beacon Centre, Salford!!

CLICK HERE to find out more

DIY’s Passing the Baton Drama Club!!

  • Are you 10 – 25 years old?
  • Do you want to have fun & meet new people?
  • Do you want to develop your drama skills?

Join us on Tuesday Nights 5.30pm – 7.00pm!!
You can find us at the Beacon Centre, Salford!!

In 2020 we will be working with professional circus artists and musicians!  

“I would like to do more drama because I’ve become more confident.  When I very first started drama I was very shy.  And I just seen it and just joined in and I got more confident.”

Drama Club is a place for young disabled people to play games, gain drama skills and confidence. Through Drama, Music and Circus, young people develop communication, teamwork and collaboration skills. They will get an Explore Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification. Through researching artists and organisations, young disabled people can consider their own career options in the arts. By sharing their work with audiences, they build essential and transferrable skills including confidence and resilience. Throughout the Arts Award journey, participants reflect upon and develop their work; essential skills for study or workplace opportunities.

Everybody is welcome to learn new skills, have fun and make friends!! If you would like to speak to someone to find out more, please contact Hebe at

Arts & Leadership in our Schools Outreach

DIY’s Passing the Baton works in partnership with local schools to deliver arts projects to children and young people.

During 2019 DIY has worked with:

  • Chatsworth Futures – delivering a 10 week Explore Arts Award Project on the theme of ‘Environment!’ The project supported students to prepare a performance poem that was shared as part of ‘Chatsworth’s Got Talent’. Four learners achieved their Explore Arts Award.
  • Chatsworth Futures – here we enjoyed delivering a six week Discover Arts Award Project on the theme of ‘Seaside!’ using sensory theatre techniques.
  • Chatsworth High School – working with Year 10 & 11 students. Our Young Leaders supported the students to develop their Music & Leadership skills, including delivering a music workshop to younger students as part of ‘ChatsFest!’ Music Festival. We had a lovely time.
  • Springwood Primary School – delivering sensory theatre workshops on the theme of Space. We also supported students with their Explore Arts Award.

Four of our Young Leaders have completed their Arts Award Advisor Training which means they are now qualified to deliver Discover and Explore projects.

If you would like DIY to come to your school, please email Hebe at

The DIY Guide to Leading it . . . Our way!

Arts participation and leadership with young people with learning disabilities.

This guide aims to share ideas and examples gained through our work with young people. It is not offered as a ‘How to do Arts Award’ guide, but rather a way of sharing a few of the ideas and activities which have worked well for us. We hope you find some of our approaches useful in developing your own projects.

Link to Leading it Our Way booklet


“Without DIY young people with a Learning Disability wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn or grow in a creative and independent way. We wouldn’t challenge social norms of what people with a Learning Disability can do and if we don’t challenge the system the world does not change, and we cannot grow or move on.” Di Critchley, Development Officer, Salford CC


DIY Theatre Company would like to thank the following organisations for their support for this work

Logos of our funders, The National Lottery Community Fund, Youth Music, and of the National Lottery via Arts Council England, Salford CVS and NHS Salford CCG, Arts Award, and partner You Can.